He was one of the most recognizable and influential voices in rock n' roll, and he never sang a note.
So in the wake of Dick Clark's death, Americans of all stripes -- including music icons -- shared memories throughout the night and into Thursday.
It wasn't just that Clark first introduced the world to likes of Buddy Holly and James Brown as host of the influential "American Bandstand." It was that his fresh-scrubbed, boyish image and enthusiasm bridged a racial and political divide, making it OK for America's youth to listen to music that often troubled its older generation.
It is what really made him "America's oldest living teenager," a moniker he earned thanks to his youthful appearance.
Clark, 82, suffered a heart attack Wednesday while at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica for an outpatient procedure, his publicist Paul Shefrin said. "Attempts to resuscitate were unsuccessful."
The family has not yet decided whether there will be a public memorial service for the multifaceted Clark, although Shefrin said, "There will be no funeral." Read more at CNN